Thursday, 25 May 2017

Monthly Read: Let the Right One In

Not too long ago, a friend of mine asked me for some horror book recommendations. As much of a bookworm as I am, horror is just not a genre I'd voluntarily approach—I'm just a terribly huge chicken, okay? That being said, it turns out that I've stumbled upon such books at some point in my life and I've enjoyed some of them greatly—one of which is this Swedish title. You might know this title from the cinematic feature from 2008—which is also where I first experienced the story. After watching the film several times throughout the years, it turns out that my sister had the book this whole time—story of our lives, really—and so I thought I'd add this to the tiny list of horror books I've delved into. The story revolves around Oskar, a twelve-year-old boy who gets bullied at school and has virtually no friends, and Eli, a twelve-year-old vampire who moves in next door. They form a friendship, which slowly develops into something more—without Oskar knowing what Eli truly is.

There are significant differences, I feel, between the film and the book. First off, there are characters that don't even get honorary mention in the film, such as Johan—Oskar's closet friend—and Tommy—Oskar's older neighbour. Second of all, the movie leaves out crucial details and plot twists, which should give the story a different impression—though most of these are seriously disturbing information that may not have been necessary or appropriate for the film. The book allows the characteristics of the people involved to develop and be given a 360º view. There are some background stories that give the story a whole other feel—including Håkan's point-of-view, the big picture of Oskar's parents' divorce and the life of the middle-aged group that will later on link to Oskar's and Eli's lives. If you've watched the movie before, this book could enhance or ruin your impression of the story, but I do feel it would give you the whole picture.

Check out other horror books I recommend and would like to read!

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Let's Go Fly A Kite!

So, one of my 24 before 25 goals is to explore more historical sites in Jakarta and I have been doing pretty much zero exploring since I made that list. I've just been waiting around for a friend who would be willing to come with me, but, honestly, it seems like no one else has the same interest. Since I'm working from home now—which means my weekend can be whatever day I want—I've decided that I'd go explore on my own, maybe one museum a week. Last week I started out with this really beautiful Kite Museum around 30 minutes from my house. It houses various kites from across the country and some from abroad—both traditional and modern ones. The ticket costs IDR 15,000,—which is quite expensive for museum tickets in this country—but it includes a guide, a video screening about kites and a simple kite-making workshop. The place itself used to be a kite studio, then another building—a pendopo (traditional Javanese structure)—was deconstructed and transported from Central Java to house the current main building.

Ask by Asky dress // old top // thrifted loafers // hand-me-down purse // outfit photos by museum guide

The first thing that hit me when I arrived was how cozy and green and breezy the place is. It is actually a complex of houses with a bit of lawn and stone-paved roads in the shape of colourful kites. The Javanese-styled houses transported me out of town in an instant. The people who work there were very friendly. The guide assigned to me knew everything he was talking about, showing me all sorts of kites—even the kind I didn't know existed—and telling me the stories behind each kite in correlation to each culture. He was so nice, in fact, to offer to take my pictures for the blog—I'm forever grateful for what he did. I know, I'm shameless, sorry about that. Aside from kites, they also offer workshops in pottery, batik, wayang painting, mask painting, paper umbrella painting and many more—the cost varies, of course. I would suggest calling in first if you want to join one of the workshops, though—the teachers may not be available.

P.S: Apparently, kites are still very relevant. Wish I was more in tuned with that world.



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